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Forecasters Steamline Winter Weather Terminology

Winter weather is upon us and with it, some new weather terminology.Winter weather is upon us and with it, some new weather terminology. Weather Eye meteorologist Laura Lockwood says the National Weather Service is combining a few elements.   Lockwood says a winter watch is another term they’ll use.   Lockwood says if you...
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Kloeppner Resigns as Hughes County State’s Attorney

The Hughes County Commission is looking for a new State’s Attorney. Hughes County manager Kevin Hipple says the current State’s Attorney resigned at this week’s County Commission meeting (Dec. 18).   Hipple says the county commission will appoint someone to serve until the next general election.   Interested applicants can get a copy of...
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Denae King Wins Grand Prize in DRG Countdown to Christmas

The Dakota Radio Group’s Countdown to Christmas prize giveaway promotion wrapped up at CommTech in Pierre last night (Thurs.) with the finalists from the 12 daily drawings gathering to see who would be drawn as the grand prize winner. Pierre resident Denae King’s name was drawn as the winner and DRG’s Prime Time Paul...
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SD Democratic Party: Republicans Prioritize Corporate Tax Giveaways at Expense of Working Families in SD

While South Dakota’s Republican members of Congress are touting the benefits of the tax reform plan they passed this week, the head of the South Dakota Democratic Party is expressing disappointment in the bill. Executive director Sam Parkinson says Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds and Rep. Kristi Noem yet again put millionaires, billionaires...
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Former DCI agent speaks out about harassment, retaliation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A former Division of Criminal Investigation agent hopes a jury’s $1.2 million verdict in her favor sends a strong message about the need to believe sexual harassment victims. Laura Zylstra Kaiser says her case wasn’t so much about sexual harassment but retaliation for reporting it. She says it’s also...
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Long-term US mortgage rates blip higher this week

WASHINGTON (AP) – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week but remain lower than they were a year ago. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac says the rate on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages rose to 3.94 percent, up from 3.93 percent last week. They stood at 4.30 percent a year ago. The rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages...
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SD, ND Ranchers Named to Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board

Ranchers from South Dakota and North Dakota are among the 27 people US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue appointed to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board. Bill Slovek of Philip, SD, and Raymond Erbele of Streeter, ND will each serve a three-year term. The Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board is composed of 99...
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Emma, Jackson top baby names of 2017 at Sanford Health

Emma was the most popular name for newborn girls at Sanford Health in 2017, while Jackson topped the list for boys. Both names were also the most popular across the health system in 2015. Emma returns to the top spot after ranking third in 2016. Jackson, also commonly spelled Jaxon, did not rank in...
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Applications for US jobless aid rise to still-low 245,000

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid rose last week for the first time in five weeks, but remained at a low level that points to a healthy job market. The Labor Department says applications for unemployment aid increased 20,000 to a seasonally adjusted 245,000. The rise comes a week...
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US economy grew at 3.2 percent rate in third quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy grew at a 3.2 percent annual rate from July through September, slightly slower than previously estimated but still enough to give the country the best back-to-back quarterly growth rates in three years. The Commerce Department says the third quarter growth was revised down slightly from last month’s estimate...
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